The Coast

ballena From: Guayaquil
Tour: Puerto López - Manta
Duration: Package 3D - 2N
Recommendations: sunscreen, a bathing suit, camera

From July to October each year the largest mammals of the Pacific Ocean come from the South Pole to enjoy the warm, coastal waters and to give birth to their calves.

These huge humpback whales jump, splash and wave their fins on the surface of the water as part of their spectacular mating displays.

The arrival of the whales is an event that can be seen in along most of the Ecuadorian coast, but one of the best places to experience this is in Puerto López, a small fishing village in the south of Manabí province.

From here, in addition to observing these amazing animals, you can visit Isla de la Plata, a place filled with stories of pirates, but now is a famous nesting site for seabirds. Isla de la Plata is known as the “Galápagos of the poor” because you can find many of the species that inhabit the Galápagos Islands.

Here you can see frigate birds, albatross, masked boobies, blue-footed and red-footed boobies, as they feed their chicks. You can explore most of the island by paths that lead to the nests, and with the help of the guides you can understand the customs and characteristics of these animals.

The island is part of the Machalilla National Park, famous for its Pre-Columbian cultures. In fact, Isla de la Plata was a ceremonial site of some of these cultures.

The tour ends with a some snorkeling and more whale watching on the return trip.

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Petit Frute
Lonely Planet
Michael Muller Verlag
Reise Know How
Rough Guide